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“The book’s presentation matches the weightlessness of the content: the images are gifted ample breathing space and the print is finished to an extraordinary degree of quality.” ~Sleek Magazine
 
"Ryan McGinley is without a doubt the defining photographer of this generation. His forthcoming monograph, Ryan McGinley: Whistle for the Wind, solidifies his impact in art and culture." ~Complex.com

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For viewers who get past the casual nudity and low-fi aesthetic, there's plenty of unexpected beauty and youthful ebullience." ~American Photo

“These photographs are songs of innocence.” ~New York Times

“Nothing conjures up feelings of summer adventure like a photograph by Ryan McGinley.” ~Nylon Guys
 
“Ryan McGinley’s photographs capture the essence of being twenty-something in America…chronicles the entirety of McGinley’s career.” ~Cultured Magazine

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Chris Kraus is the author of four novels, most recently Summer of Hate (2012) and two books of art criticism. She writes frequently about visual and literary culture for Art in America, Artforum, May Revue, Los Angeles Review of Books, and other publications. The recipient of a Warhol Foundation Arts Writing grant, she has published essays and monographs on contemporary artists including Jorge Pardo, Moyra Davey, Elke Krystufek, Tiny Creatures, The Bernadette Corporation, among many others. With Richard Birkett and Marco Vera, she organized the Artists Space exhibition “Radical Localism–Media and Art from the Pueblo Nuevo Gallery Mexicali Rose” in 2012. She teaches writing at European Graduate School.

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is a writer, artist, and activist based in New York City. He is a member of the collective Bernadette Corporation and co-founder of the gallery Reena Spaulings Fine Art. His texts on contemporary art have appeared frequently in Artforum, where he is a contributing editor. He is the author of Rich Texts: Selected Writing for Art (Sternberg Press, 2010).

Gus Van Sant is a filmmaker, writer, artist and musician. His films include Drugstore Cowboy, Gerry, and My Own Private Idaho. He was twice nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director—in 1998 for Good Will Hunting and in 2009 for Milk. His films Paranoid Park (2007) and Last Days (2005) were both nominated for the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or. In 2003 Elephant garnered that prestigious honor and Van Sant received the award for Best Director.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; First Edition edition (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847838315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847838318
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 1.2 x 12.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #734,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As an avid photographer and a lover of fine art photography for the last 30 years, I wanted to like this book. I have always had a penchant for risqué and provocative photography, leaning towards an overproduced aesthetic, such as that found in the work of fashion photographers like Leibovitz and Newton as well as shock value photographer Dave LaChapelle, and others. Ryan McGinley has garnered much attention in his relatively short career, and the reviews I have read in such esteemed magazines as Foam and Aperture led me to believe that I would like his work. Unfortunately that was not the case. Yes, he has captured the carefree mindset of youth in their collective rights-of-passage into adulthood, and yes, I always like to see artists working in the medium of film, but this work seemed to evoke equal parts honesty and intentional vulgarity. It is the latter I object to, not because it offends me in the least but because it cheapens the work, IMHO. The layout of the book demonstrates an intent In this regard that makes me scratch my head in puzzlement in the same way that I do when I watch a movie which has a formulaic addition of vulgar language. When the language is used because it is authentic, it doesn't draw attention to itself. But when it is added seemingly to insure that the movie is rated R, it undermines the ability of the movie to stand on its own. So, too, does the same apply to this book. Don't get me wrong, It isn't the subject matter itself that I object to, but rather the devisive use of it merely to shock and to make a statement; a statement which really doesn't need to be made, because the bulk of the work is excellent, even if not exactly to my taste.Read more ›
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Few artists have found success in their medium as young as Ryan McGinley, but just share some time with his imagery and it will immediately be understandable why this has happened. First, a bit of history: from Wikipedia, `Ryan McGinley (born October 17, 1977) is an American photographer living in New York City who began making photographs in 1998. In 2003, at the age of 25, McGinley was one of the youngest artists to have a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He was also named Photographer of the Year in 2003 by American Photo Magazine. In 2007 McGinley was awarded the Young Photographer Infinity Award by the International Center of Photography. Ryan David McGinley, born in Ramsey, New Jersey, is the youngest of eight children. From an early age his peers and mentors were skateboarders, graffiti writers, musicians, and artists that were considered to be on the fringes of society. He moved to the East Village in 1998, and covered the walls of his apartment with Polaroid pictures of everyone who visited him there. McGinley had his first public exhibition in 2000 at 420 West Broadway in Manhattan in a DIY opening. His first book of photos, The Kids Are Alright (2002), was handmade and distributed to people he respected in the art world and sold at the exhibition. One of these books was given to Sylvia Wolf who ushered his work onto the walls of the Whitney Museum of American Art. "The skateboarders, musicians, graffiti artists and gay people in Mr. McGinley's early work 'know what it means to be photographed,' said Sylvia Wolf, the former curator of photography at the Whitney, who organized his show there. "His subjects are performing for the camera and exploring themselves with an acute self-awareness that is decidedly contemporary.Read more ›
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By ADUB on August 7, 2012
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You will not find this much classic Ryan Mcginley work in one place--gallery or otherwise. The guy is a cult icon--and his work is completely crystallized in this collection. In fact, the cover work "Highway" may be one of his most iconic creations ever--and is destined to become a classic (IMHO). Anyway--given that most of Ryan's works now sell in the high '000's, this book seems like (and is) a bargain. Warning: one main caveat--there is a ton of nudity in the book (not sexual, just naked, and both genders)--so if you plan on gifting this book--be aware. Cheers.
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McGinley is a very good photographer, but misses opportunities to make better use of the media. It would be nice to see him control his camera better; however, many of his pieces need the uncontrolled-- like Rilke's Elegies need their "Open." All in all, this is probably going to be an important book for a good while. In future, let's hope McGinley goes a little further.
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Very well printed, this book provides the most comprehensive retrospective on McGinley's work so far. Unlike the much disappointing retrospective recently published by Twin Palms (You and I), this one also includes his famous black and white series such as "Everybody knows this is nowhere". Definitely a must have for anyone interested in McGinley's work.
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This is perfect. Ryan McGinley is a young genius, and with this book he gets to show his best sides. The quality of the photos is as you would hope it to be. I can only recommend this item.
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